MILWAUKEE — Marquette University announced on Friday, October 28th that it plans to construct a seasonal dome over a portion of its Valley Fields facility, enclosing the synthetic turf field adjacent to the stadium.
The seasonal dome, which will provide practice and training facilities for intercollegiate athletes as well as club and intramural participants, is expected to be completed in January 2017.
Bill Scholl, vice president and director of athletics stated the following in a news release:
"This project is a positive step forward as it will free up athletic space for both our intercollegiate athletes as well as many students who play intramural and club sports. As we continue to plan for our athletic performance research center, it was important that we take a more immediate step in meeting the demand of our increasingly active student body."
Marquette officials say the cost of the project is approximately $3.6 million and construction will begin immediately. It is being funded primarily by athletic donors and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. The seasonal dome will stay up annually for about five months over winter and early spring.